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Criminal Minds fans were heartbroken to learn that series veteran and original cast member Shemar Moore would not be returning for the CBS series’ 12th season. But Hollywood moves quick and Moore’s replacement has been found in the form of actor Adam Rodriguez.

When the popular series returns this fall, Adam will join the ranks in a juicy role. He is set to play a special agent from the FBI Fugitive Task Force who joins the group as a member of the Behavioral Task Force.

According to E! Online, Adam is already being welcomed to the series with opened arms.

“We’re thrilled to introduce a new special agent by adding the very talented Adam Rodriguez to our amazing cast,” Erica Messer, Criminal Minds executive producer and show-runner, said in a statement. “We have exciting story lines planned for his character and the entire BAU team as we head into our 12th season.”

Greetings for the actor, who starred in the CBS show CSI: Miami for 10 years, don’t stop there, with Glen Geller, president of CBS, stating, “We’re all big fans of Adam’s and are excited to welcome him back to the CBS family as part of the terrific cast of Criminal Minds.”

Moore fans shouldn’t worry because the sexy actor previously stated he left the show to pursue other opportunities and he certainly wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to return to the show in a guest role.

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